FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the best treatment for tennis elbow?
The most important thing to do to treat your tennis elbow is to rest your injured arm and to immediately stop doing the activity that caused the injury in the first place. Tennis elbow injuries are a form of tendonitis that usually last between 6 months to 2 years and orthopedic products such as specialized tennis elbow braces can provide much-needed pain relief throughout the recovery process. Elbow support, including proper medical care and physical therapy options, is crucial to preventing further injury and successfully resuming day-to-day activities. Making sure that you have the right elbow support products is a step in the right direction.
What are the best supports for golf elbow?
The best product for golf elbow is a golfers elbow brace, which gives you short-term pain relief so that you can regain strength in your arm. Combined with the proper medications, rest, and exercise a golfers elbow brace can give you the right support to heal from the injury as quickly as possible. You can wear a brace while playing sports or anytime you need added support. Put the cushion on your forearm muscles, about four inches from the tip of the elbow bone. You should wear it for up to 6 weeks or more if symptoms persist.
Are elbow sleeves available in different sizes?
Yes, elbow sleeves are available in different size ranges and because they are stretchable, accommodate a variety of body types. The way to measure yourself is to find the circumference of your forearm and lower biceps in two positions - with your arm locked and with your biceps relaxed. Then refer to the manufacturer's size guide, usually located on the packaging, to figure out which size is the best fit for you.
How long should I wear an elbow compression sleeve?
On average, your affected arm should start feeling better after 1-3 weeks of wearing the elbow compression sleeve. Most injuries warranting the use of compression therapy should be healed after 6-8 weeks total. While a compression sleeve can be worn all day, approximately 6-8 hours at a time, please remove it promptly if you feel any discomfort. Always consult your doctor if you experience a change in condition after the initial diagnosis.
Which elbow sleeves are most comfortable?
There are lots of different types of elbow sleeves that are comfortable. Some of the most preferred elbow compression sleeves are neoprene elbow sleeves and knit elbow sleeves. As always, you should speak to your physical therapist or doctor when choosing an elbow brace for your injury.
The most basic elbow brace is an elastic elbow brace that provides a little bit of compression around the elbow. The neoprene elbow sleeve provides a little bit more protection as it's anatomically designed and covers more area around the elbow. It also retains more heat for added compression and an increase in blood flow.
How do I care for an elbow support brace or sleeve?
You should regularly wash your elbow support brace. They all come with cleaning instructions and most can be cleaned with mild soap or laundry detergent and cold water. Then, allow the brace to air-dry for a few hours, avoiding direct sunlight. You should always have a replacement on hand just in case. You can wear the brace all the time, even at night, just make sure to take it off before you take a shower.
What is an elbow orthosis used for?
An elbow orthosis is a brace that crosses the elbow and helps to either resist movement or assist in bending the elbow for progressive stretching. It is used to provide support and proper positioning for patients that are either recovering from surgery or have a condition where certain movements can cause further harm.
Generally, orthotic elbow braces can be beneficial for the treatment of several medical conditions and injuries including humeral fractures, elbow dislocations, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and radial and/or ulnar fractures. It's recommended to speak to a certified Orthotist in order to pick out the best brace for your injury.
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